Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou, a top executive of Huawei, argued that the Canadian government would violate international law if it extradites her to the United States. The Canadian national media outlet CBC reported this Saturday that, according to new documents presented on Friday by Meng’s defense before the court in Vancouver (southwest Canada), the alleged actions of their client “have no connection” with the United States. Meng’s defense, in its latest attempt to prevent her extradition to the United States, denied Washington’s jurisdiction to indict a Chinese national for her activities outside of US soil, and implicating a non-US executive of a British bank.
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The National Post is apoplectic again. This time, the target of the Post’s ire is an online event held in November by the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute, the Canadian Peace Congress and the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War. Entitled “Free Meng,” the event was organized in anticipation of the second anniversary of the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei executive being detained in Vancouver pursuant to an extradition request of the Trump administration. The keynote speakers for the event were planned to be Green Party of Canada MP Paul Manly and NDP MP Niki Ashton (Manly ultimately participated, but Ashton withdrew and instead provided a written statement after the NDP distanced itself from her stance on the issue).
On May 27, 2020, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada finally ruled that Ms. Meng met the "double criminality" standard. That is her actions "were illegal" in the United States and in Canada, which is unsettling. How could the US' arbitrary sanctions on Iran dictate the actions of global firms? This US extra-territorial attack has gotten the world's attention. Many observers see the detainment of Meng Wanzhou as part of the American attack on Chinese 5G dominance. It also follows a pattern of US economic aggression.
The current hearings on the extradition of Meng Wanzhou are a tangled web of legal arguments that obscure a simple truth: the Canadian government is enabling a witch hunt on the part of a right-wing Trump administration against a Chinese capitalist rival—the telecommunications giant, Huawei. This is putting Canada in the crosshairs of the US and China, aligning us closer than ever to wayward American foreign policy, and jeopardizing the safety and security of all. We are adding our voices to the growing campaign to demand an end to the extradition process and release Meng.
Few things are as dangerous as a poorly thought-out kidnapping. Kidnappings are serious business, often with unintended consequences. History is replete with dim-witted criminals who engaged in them on a whim, only to discover adverse outcomes far beyond their imagining. One dramatic example happened 90 years ago this week: On October 24th, a mother with young children is kidnapped. She is the cherished wife of an important man whom the kidnapper’s group is in competition with. The plan of the kidnapper is that by kidnapping her, this will create unbearable psychological pressure on her husband